Oak Hill routs Northfield to cap off regular season

On Friday night, the Oak Hill Golden Eagles capped off their impressive second half of the season with a victory, routing the Northfield Norseman 65-46 in their final home game.

The Golden Eagles led the contest from start to finish, dominating in nearly every aspect. After building a 21-11 lead after the first quarter, Oak Hill did not look back, holding that double-digit advantage the rest of the way.

“About middle of the first quarter, we started locking down defensively and getting out in transition offensively,” Oak Hill Head Coach Kevin Renbarger said. “Our depth really effected them once we started getting the pace we wanted.”

In their final home game, Oak Hill’s seniors shined. Tahj Johnson finished with a game-high 24 points, while Ryan Pederson collected 13 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocked shots.

“They have given everything they have to the program.  They will be sorely missed on and off the floor.  They have invested a tremendous amount of time and energy to basketball and I think have done an outstanding job of representing themselves, their families, their teammates and their school very well.”

Oak Hill will start off their playoff run with a familiar foe, as they are set to take on the Mississinewa Indians on Tuesday night at Norwell.

“They really took it to us the first time we played,” Renbarger said. “It was a game of men amongst boys.  We are clearly a different team since that first encounter but Mississinewa has evolved as well. They are very good and have every piece on both ends of the floor required to make a deep tournament run. We will need to execute our game plan to near perfection with a lot of breaks along the way to give our chance to steal one at the end.”

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